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Al-Qaida-Linked Group In Mali Expands Quickly

The suspected leader of last week's deadly attack on a natural gas plant in Algeria was until recently the head of an al-Qaida affiliate. Director of the Brookings Intelligence Project Bruce Riedel tells Renee Montagne the group is the fastest-growing al-Qaida franchise in the world.
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Woman Who Sued To Reverse Combat Ban Was 'Stunned, Then Ecstatic'

Melissa Block talks to Col. Ellen Haring about the announcement of the end to the ban on women in combat. Haring is one of two women in the Army Reserves who filed a lawsuit last year against the Department of Defense seeking to reverse the ban.
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Panetta: 'Everyone Entitled To A Chance' At Combat

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has scrapped the ground combat exclusion for women, potentially opening up as many as a quarter million jobs, mostly in the Army and Marine Corps. But now it's up to the military services to put it into effect. Many questions remain as to what standards they will come up with and how many women will be able to meet them.
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Women In Combat: Five Key Questions

The Pentagon's announcement that it is lifting the ban on women in combat raises a host of questions. We answer a few.

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